Charleston Forum: Criminal Justice and Policing Panel

By Gavin Jackson

Criminal Justice and Policing Panel at the Charleston Forum

Highlights from the Criminal Justice and Policing Panel at the Charleston Forum on June 16, 2017.

Former Tampa Police Chief, Jane Castor 
State Sen. Gerald Malloy (D-Hartsville)
DeRay McKesson, Black Lives Matter 
Kassy Alia, Heroes in Blue 
Moderator: State Sen. Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston)

Kassy Alia: “When it comes to these cases (officer-involved shootings) we need to hear the humanity in them and hear those stories. When one person dies we’re all losers.”

The Columbia Floods and the Problem with Impervious Surfaces

By Imani King

The Columbia floods and the Impervious Problem

The word catastrophic was coined to describe the 2015 floods in Columbia, South Carolina. The severe flooding trapped residents in their homes, standing by for rescue teams' assistance. Photos from the Weather Channel compare normal conditions to flood conditions and the difference is alarming. The flood that reaped havoc two years ago has left a stain of concern among the students of the University of South Carolina and of the capital city.

Lindsay Blair, SWITCH | Crusaders Against Human Trafficking

By Kaitlyn Park

Lindsay Blair of SWITCH

Lindsay Blair is the Survivor Services Director for SWITCH, a nonprofit in Greenville, South Carolina. Their mission is "to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Upstate of South Carolina through awareness, prevention, demand, intervention, and restoration."

Lindsay shares what called her to her work with SWITCH and what she does as a Survivor Services Director.

Clemson Football Team Honored at The White House

By Gavin Jackson

President Donald Trump stands with Clemson football team and South Carolina politicians at the White House on June 12, 2017.

President Donald Trump honored the 2016 NCAA Football National Championship-winning Clemson football team at the White House on Monday.

The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabam Crimson Tide 35-31 in January to win the national title that eluded them the year before. Trump, standing in front of the team and supporters gathered on the South Portico of the White House, called the win a title "for the ages."

Gov. McMaster Vetoes $56.4 Million From State Budget

By Gavin Jackson

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster

Gov. Henry McMaster used his veto pen to nix $56.4 million from the state budget, including millions to upgrade the state's aging school buses. The 41 vetoes represent a fraction of the state's roughly $8 billion budget lawmakers sent him last week. 

McMaster only struck $20.5 million in money budgeted from the S.C. Education Lottery should the agency collect more money than expected this year. McMaster acknowledges the need for better school buses, his office said, but notes the purpose of the lottery, created 17 years ago, is to fund education scholarships.

Three Programs Honored

By Glenn Rawls

2017 Emmy Winners

SCETV is proud to offer congratulations to our 2017 Emmy winners. Remembering Charleston (Renée Layson, Beryl Dakers, Aimee Crouch, Allen Ott, Historical/Cultural), Clemson co-production host Patrick McMillan (for On-Camera Talent, Expeditions), and our SCETV Presents winners Tim Fennell, Mark Bryan, and Ashley Flowers of Chucktown Music Group for Live at the Charleston Music Hall (Arts/Entertainment).

Fifth District Candidates In Conversation

By Glenn Rawls

Host Charles Bierbauer

South Carolina’s congressional Fifth District candidates get together for a conversation on This Week in South Carolina, airing Friday June 16th at 7:30 p.m. on South Carolina ETV.   The weekly program is hosted by Charles Bierbauer, Dean of USC’s College of Information and Communications, and produced by the University of South Carolina and SCETV.

Drought Status Improves In South Carolina

By Gavin Jackson

All counties within the state are now in normal or incipient drought status.

All 46 counties in South Carolina are now at either normal drought status or incipient, according to state officials.

The state Drought Response Committee downgraded the statuses of multiple counties around the state, thanks to increased precipitation since April. The change is drastic, since  Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties have been in severe drought and surrounding counties have been in moderate drought since October 2016.

Fort Jackson's History in New Documentary

By Glenn Rawls

Soldiers at Fort Jackson

“Victory Starts Here: Fort Jackson Centennial” is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fort Jackson. Archival material and interviews with Fort Jackson leaders, historians and community leaders provide a look back at the history and important milestones of the U.S. Army’s largest Basic Combat Training Center, as well as its current and future impact on the city of Columbia and the state of South Carolina.

Hurricane Season Is Underway, Above Normal Year Predicted

By Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina shoreline in Garden City.

The Atlantic hurricane season is underway, eight months after South Carolina was hit by one of its worst hurricanes.

The Category 1 Hurricane Matthew made landfall near McClellanville last October and killed five people across the state. Storm surge reached over six feet in Charleston, rain drenched the Pee Dee, rivers flooded and trees knocked out power to more than 800,000 people.